David Todd, Artistic Director

dtodd@playwrightslocal.org  | (216) 302-8850

dtpicDavid Todd’s plays have been presented or developed in NYC at theaters including 59E59, Dixon Place, the Little Theater, HERE, and NY Theatre Workshop, regionally in DC, Portland, and Chicago, and internationally at the LaMaMa Spoleto Open in Italy.

His playwriting residencies include Hangar Theater (Ithaca, NY), Classic Studio (NYC), and Chicago Dramatists. He earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU (Goldberg Award; Harry Kondoleon Award) and his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a faculty member, he has taught writing and literature at NYU, SUNY Stony Brook, Cleveland State University, and Otterbein University. He is a Usual Suspect at NY Theater Workshop and a Collaborator with the NYC-based Monk Parrots.

His nonfiction book Feeding Back: Conversations with Alternative Guitarists from Proto-Punk to Post-Rock was published in 2012 by Chicago Review Press, and his play Joy in Repetition: A Hauntological Romeo & Juliet was published in January 2014 by Connotation Press. He was awarded an Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council for 2016.

Tom Hayes, Managing Director

hayes@playwrightslocal.org  | (216) 302-8856

Thomas W. Hayes

Hayes is an award-winning playwright whose credits include The Appalachian Trail staged in CSU’s annual play festival at the Factory Theatre in 2004; Only Sing for Me which appeared in the CSU play festival in 2005; and co-writing credits on Lost Prospect (a moving play through downtown Cleveland) at the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology in 2006. Tom’s play A Howl in the Woods was a winning entry in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Little Box competition in 2007; and Tom had co-writing credits on Know Your Future at the 2008 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology. Tom also had the winning entry (A Howl in the Woods) in the 2008 New Plays Competition at convergence-continuum—now renamed Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber—the play was awarded Best Original Script by a Local Playwright — 2008 by Rave and Pan. Hayes’s thesis play, Patterns, was staged at Cleveland Public Theatre in March, 2011, and a reading of his play Andrew Jackson Ate My Homework: A Racial Farce, was presented at Cleveland Public Theatre in October, 2011. His play Anima Animus was read online via the Ten Minute Play Workshop in June, 2012; and Short Listed for the British Theatre Challenge in 2016. Hayes’ book Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt, was published in 2015. Hayes was one of the ensemble writers on Objectively/Reasonable, named the most Socially Significant Play of 2016 by the Cleveland Critics Circle. Tom is a librarian at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Hayes is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Playwrights Local in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dale Heinen, Director in Residence

dheinen@playwrightslocal.org | (216) 302-4734

Dale crop 1Dale Heinen is an award-winning director and dramaturg who lived in London, UK from 2000 – 2014. A returned Cleveland native, Dale is currently working on two new writing projects at Cleveland Public Theatre, and also teaches for Lake Erie College and the Cleveland Play House. Before London she lived in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked as assistant director to Sir Alan Stanford at the Gate, and Chicago, where she was the Artistic Director of an off-Loop theatre for 7 years. In London, she was an Associate at Soho Theatre, a new writing theatre in the West End, and she continues to develop plays on a freelance basis with writers and producers in the UK/US. Dale has been a frequent panelist for UK playwriting awards such as the Verity Bargate Award, the Westminster Prize and the Oxford University New Play Festival. She has directed new work in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, London and Glasgow, and has taught playwriting and acting at universities and theatres in London and Brazil. Dale has a BA from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and an MFA in theatre directing from Middlesex University (London, UK).

Arwen Mitchell, Teaching Artist

arwena@playwrightslocal.org  | (216) 438-1428

Arwen MitchellArwen Mitchell is a midwestern playwright and teacher. As recipient of the 2014/2015 Nord Playwriting Fellowship at Cleveland Public Theatre, Arwen developed a full-length work, (Style is) The Answer to Everything, which became a PlayLabs selection at the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Festival, and won the inaugural Wild Dreamer award for female playwrights. Her produced plays include RPM – Revolutions Per Minute (2012 Rhinofest, Chicago), Snake Oil, or, Kilbride & Delacourt’s Forever Remedy (September 2015 production, Ohio City Theatre Project, Cleveland), The Maybe Pile (Lakewood, CO, 2012), and short produced plays The Birds and the Bees (Kankakee Valley Theatre Association, 2015), Bitter Pills (Stage Fright 3, Greensboro, NC), I’ve Got Nothing to Do Today But Smile (Lincoln College, 2012), A Giant Leap (Cleveland Public Theatre, 2014; Equity Library Theatre, 2015), About/Face (Cleveland Public Theatre, 2014), and Horn of Plenty (Manhattan Theatre Project, Cleveland, 2014).

A frequent collaborator with historic agencies, Arwen was co-facilitator and writer for The Old State Capitol’s “Living History” program in Springfield, Illinois, where she developed versatile dramatic material and programming for historic sites. She is currently developing a full-length, commissioned work for Kent State Stark’s 2015-2016 mainstage season production, focusing on The Canton Repository’s 200-year bicentennial, as well as additional work for the William McKinley Museum.

Arwen is a company member of Ohio City Theatre Project, serving as dramaturge, educator, and project facilitator. She holds an MS in theatre history & criticism from Illinois State University and an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Mike Geither, Outreach Associate

geither@playwrightslocal.org  | (216) 309-1302

After earning an MFA in playwriting from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Mike Geither served as playwright in residence at Cleveland Public Theatre where his plays, solo performances and collaborations were regularly staged for fifteen years. Recent Productions include Tear It Off (Convergence Continuum, ’15), Loki and Lucy (Talespinner Children’s Theatre, ’15), The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions (Zuppa Theatre, ’13), And Treat the Distant Peoples with Kindness (University of Ottawa, ’12), Shah Mat (Ottawa Dance Directive, ’11), Circe/Landfall (Canada Dance Festival ’10), Self-Portrait at County Fair (NACL ’09), It’s Okay to Cry: A Personal History of Cleveland Baseball (Ingenuity Festival ’09), Living Tall (Cleveland, Toronto, Chicago ‘08), Ariadne (University of Ottawa ’07), and Stars Fell All Night (Cleveland Public Theatre, ’07). He has received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Cleveland State University where he serves as Program Director for the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) in creative writing.

Jaclyn Cifranic, Artistic Associate


Jaclyn C Cifranic has been working in Cleveland theatre since earning her BA in English from Kent State. She has performed at Tri-C West, Cassidy, and for small independent film projects, and performs and stage manages with convergence-continuum, with whom she has been a company member since 2011. Currently, she is earning her MFA in Playwriting through the NEOMFA program.